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Mike Hart

Hart on the Michigan sidelines behind Zoltan Mesko and Carlos Brown
No. 32     Indianapolis Colts
Running back
Personal information
Date of birth: April 9, 1986 (1986-04-09) (age 23)
Place of birth: Syracuse, New York
Height: 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) Weight: 206 lb (93 kg)
Career information
College: Michigan
NFL Draft: 2008 / Round: 6 / Pick: 202
Debuted in 2008 for the Indianapolis Colts
Career history
 As player:
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2009
Rushing attempts     26
Rushing yards     70
Rushing TDs     1
Stats at NFL.com

Leon Michael Hart (born April 9, 1986 in Syracuse, New York) is an American football running back for the Indianapolis Colts of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Colts in the sixth round of the 2008 NFL Draft. He played college football at Michigan from 2004 to 2007 and holds the school's career rushing record with 5,040 yards.

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Early years

Hart attended Onondaga Central High School just outside Syracuse, New York where he set the national career record for rushing touchdowns (204) and finished second in career rushing yards (11,045). Onondaga Central went 46-1, losing only a single game to Mohawk Central School coached by Roy Upson, and won three state championships (against Dobbs Ferry, Briarcliff and Cambridge) during Hart's career.

Hart also excelled academically in high school scoring 1280 on the SAT and graduating in the top five of his class with a 94% average.[1]

College career

Ryan Mallett hands off to Hart

In 2004, Hart set a Michigan record for most rushing yards in a season by a freshman with 1,455. He rushed for nine touchdowns and had 26 receptions for 237 yards and a touchdown catch. In 2005, his sophomore season, Hart missed significant time due to a hamstring injury. He started only eight of Michigan's 12 games and played sparingly in three of those. He finished the season with 662 yards and four touchdowns rushing and added 16 receptions for 154 yards and a touchdown catch.

During the 2006 season, Hart rushed for 1,562 yards, the fifth-best season total in Michigan history, and 14 touchdowns. He also caught 17 passes for 125 yards. For his efforts, Hart was recognized as his team's co-MVP with linebacker David Harris. He was also selected by both coaches and media to the All-Big Ten Conference First Team, named a finalist for the Doak Walker Award, and placed fifth in Heisman Trophy balloting.

As a senior in 2007, Hart was elected team captain along with offensive tackle Jake Long and linebacker Shawn Crable. He entered the eighth week of the season as college football's leader in rushing yards, but after an ankle injury sidelined him for two games, he dropped in the rankings. Hart finished the season with 1,361 yards and 14 touchdowns.

In his career, Hart rushed 1,015 times for 5,040 yards; both marks are school records. His 41 career rushing touchdowns are third-best in Michigan annals. Hart's 28 career games with at least 100 yards rushing and five games with at least 200 yards rushing are each the most in Michigan history. Hart lost just three fumbles in his college career, two of which came in his last game as a Wolverine in the 2008 Capital One Bowl. In that game, Hart also passed the 5,000 yard rushing mark for his career, becoming only the fourth player in Big Ten history to do so.

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College awards and honors

Hart and family on Senior Day

National awards

Conference honors

  • 2004 All-Big Ten Conference First Team (coaches and media)
  • 2004 Big Ten Freshman of the Year (coaches and media)
  • 2006 All-Big Ten Conference First Team (coaches and media, unanimous)
  • 2007 Big Ten Preseason Offensive Player of the Year (media)
  • 2007 All-Big Ten Conference First Team (coaches and media)

Team awards

  • 2006 Michigan football team co-MVP with David Harris
  • 2007 Michigan football team MVP

Statistics

    Rushing   Receiving
Season Team GP Att Yds Avg Lng TD Rec Yds Avg Lng TD
2004 Michigan 12 282 1,455 5.2 34 9 26 237 9.1 39 1
2005 Michigan 8 150 662 4.4 64 4 16 154 9.6 34 1
2006 Michigan 13 318 1,562 4.9 54 14 17 125 7.4 31 0
2007 Michigan 10 265 1,361 5.1 61 14 8 50 6.3 11 0
Career totals 43 1,015 5,040 5.0 64 41 67 566 8.4 39 2

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Professional career

Indianapolis Colts

Hart was selected in the sixth round (202nd overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft by the Indianapolis Colts.

Third on the Colts' depth chart behind Joseph Addai and Dominic Rhodes, Hart saw little action during the 2008 season, rushing for nine yards on two carries.[3] During the second quarter of the Colts' victory over the Baltimore Ravens in Week 6, Hart sustained a knee injury on an 18-yard reception from Peyton Manning. On October 15, Hart was placed on injured reserve,[4] where he spent the remainder of the season.

Hart missed the 2009 pre-season opener with an ankle injury. On September 5, 2009, Hart was cut by the Indianapolis Colts and then was signed to the Indianapolis Colts practice squad on September 6, 2009. [5] On October 4, 2009, Hart was reassigned to the Colt's active roster, replacing Chad Simpson.[6] On November 24, 2009, Hart was waived by the Colts. He was re-signed to the practice squad on November 25. Hart was promoted to the active roster on December 2, 2009. On December 6, 2009, Mike Hart got his first touches of the 2009 season. He had 11 rushing yards and 2 receptions for 27 yards. He had 28 rushing yards on December 13, 2009.[7] On January 3, 2010 in the first quarter against the Buffalo Bills, Hart scored the first touchdown of his NFL career on a one yard run on a hand-off from Peyton Manning.[8] On February 7, 2010, Hart had two carries in Super Bowl XLIV.[9]

See also

References

  1. ^ Windsor, Shawn (2007-08-30). "Years after sister's death, U-M tailback Hart carries on". Detroit Free Press. http://www.mikehartonline.com/mike-hart-news20070831.php. Retrieved 2009-11-03. 
  2. ^ "Michigan Football Statistic Archive Query Page". Regents of the University of Michigan. 2003. http://stats.ath.umich.edu/football/footstart.php. Retrieved 2007-12-06. 
  3. ^ "Mike Hart #32 RB (2008 game log)". ESPN. http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/gamelog?playerId=11436&sYear=2008. Retrieved 2010-02-10. 
  4. ^ Oehser, John (2008-10-15). "Colts Place Hart on Injured Reserve, Acquire Two Running Backs". Colts.com. http://www.colts.com/sub.cfm?page=article7&news_id=3d368f26-641e-4660-97b1-88a729e7a071. Retrieved 2009-11-03. 
  5. ^ "Training Camp Roundup: Sept. 5". ESPN Internet Ventures. 2009-09-06. http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/trainingcamp09/news/story?id=4448124. Retrieved 2009-11-03. 
  6. ^ "Chad Simpson cut; Mike Hart re-added to Colts active roster". Sportsblogs, Inc. 2009-10-04. http://www.stampedeblue.com/2009/10/4/1068455/chad-simpson-cut-mike-hart-re. Retrieved 2009-11-03. 
  7. ^ "Mike Hart #32 RB (2009 game log)". ESPN. http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/gamelog?playerId=11436&sYear=2009. Retrieved 2010-02-10. 
  8. ^ "Indianapolis 7, Buffalo 30 (play-by-play)". ESPN. http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/playbyplay?gameId=300103002&period=1. Retrieved 2010-02-10. 
  9. ^ "New Orleans 31, Indianapolis 17". ESPN. 2010-02-07. http://scores.espn.go.com/nfl/boxscore?gameId=300207011. Retrieved 2010-02-10. 

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